knife


knife
knife [nīf]
n.
pl. knives [ME knif < OE cnif, akin to Ger kneif, ON knīfr < IE * gneibh- (> Lith gnaibis, a pinching): for base see KNEAD]
1. a cutting or stabbing instrument with a sharp blade, single-edged or double-edged, set in a handle
2. a cutting blade, as in a machine
vt.
knifed, knifing
1. to cut or stab with a knife
2. Informal to use underhanded methods in order to hurt, defeat, or betray
vi.
☆ to pass into or through something quickly, like a sharp knife
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☆ under the knife
Informal undergoing surgery
knifelike
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.